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Ring cycle

set of 4 Wagner operas, intended to be performed during the course of 4 successive evenings

Bayreuth Festival

festival that continues to stage the music dramas of Wagner

music drama

musical work for the stage in which all the arts function in harmony


artistic union; total art work

Liebestod (Love-Death)

famous aria sung by the expiring Isolde at the end of Tristan und Isolde

leitmotif (signature-tune)

brief, distinctive unit of music designed to represent a character, object, or idea, which returns repeatedly in order to show how the drama is unfolding; typical leitmotifs represent: "longing," "desire,"and "ecstasy"

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